Camila Cabello is gearing up for another big year. After finishing 2017 with a No. 2 song on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Havana” feat. Young Thug still holds at that spot on the Jan. 13-dated chart), the 20-year-old drops her debut album Camila tomorrow (Jan. 12) — which is her first full-length since leaving Fifth Harmony. In preparation for her album, she sat down with The New York Times to chat about her experience so far, the making of her album, and what fans can expect from her this year.
In addition to telling her very relatable first kiss story (“he kissed me and I ran away”) and revealing that she’s vegan, Cabello also revealed some details about her debut album. Check out the five key things below.
She’s Giving 5H Space
Understandably, Cabello has been dodging questions about her past life with Fifth Harmony. She insists that she wants to move on to make room for bigger things in her life. “I think there’s a healthy amount of space you need to give certain things,” she said. “I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life … I don’t like holding onto the past.”
She Has No Tour Planned Yet
Although her debut album is kicking off the new year for Cabello, she insists she’s in no rush to jump into a tour to perform the new songs. “For now, I just want to be a kid,” she says in response to questions about tour plans.
Why “Crying In The Club” Didn’t Make the Final Album Cut
Despite being her first single after leaving 5H, Cabello’s tack “Crying In The Club” underperformed, which led her to keep that track off her debut album. “The reality of that song is it doesn’t feel or sound like Camila,” Cabello’s manager Roger Gold told NYT. “The most important learning in this whole thing was that we were most successful when Camila trusted in her own instincts,” he added.
Her Debut Album Will Feature Latin Influences — And Inspiration From Her Famous Friends
Cabello was born in Havana, where she lived for six years. As her hit single alludes, her solo album is heavily influenced by her birthplace. According to the article, Cabello “took inspiration from the Latin music that soundtracked her childhood, as well as more contemporary reggaeton revisionists like Calle 13 and J Balvin.” But, in typical pop- star fashion, she also was influenced by her musical friends. She “blended those sounds with the auteur pop of artists like her friends Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, hoping to unearth her own original recipe.”
“Havana” Was Written Over Sushi
The mega-hit “Havana” all came together while eating some raw fish with producer Adam Feeney. He played her the simple instrumental for the tune, and, according to NYT, It reminded her of her birthplace, Havana. She then wrote the lyrics on the spot, and the song went on to become the longest run atop Billboard’s Pop Songs Chart by a female in five years.